How One Children’s Fantasy Book Inspired Me to Rethink My Artistic Process…

Lyra’s Oxford Philip Pullman published his trilogy, His Dark Materials in 1995.  The three main books in the series included: Northern Lights (The Golden Compass in the U.S.) The Amber Spyglass The Subtle Knife Lyra’s Oxford is a companion novel to the set, along with Once Upon a Time in the North. When I was … Continue reading How One Children’s Fantasy Book Inspired Me to Rethink My Artistic Process…

Saturday Writing Session # 2 – Take-aways from five hours of writing

For those of you who don't know, I'm a middle school teacher who is also trying to write a twelve-book fantasy saga in my spare time. It's the most amazing job in the world, as I get to work with children and their writing. To do my job correctly, I need to be efficient and … Continue reading Saturday Writing Session # 2 – Take-aways from five hours of writing

Why I wrote for six hours on Saturday and will definitely do it again!

On Saturday morning, I woke up at 5 a.m. and groggily prepared myself for six hours of writing. Fueled with two large coffees, and ready for anything, I opened my laptop, sat down, and produced 6,000 words (4,500 of which I'm willing to keep). By lunch, I was running around my apartment, sharing my happiness … Continue reading Why I wrote for six hours on Saturday and will definitely do it again!

My Reading Week: It’s Monday, What are you reading? #IMWAYR – October 23rd, 2017

For another monday, I've decided to participate in It's Monday! What are you reading?, which I found through Jen Vincent's Blog TeachMentorTexts.com, and Kellee's Unleashing Readers. Jen has children's literature as the subject for these posts, which she has defined as  "picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit..."  If you're interested in … Continue reading My Reading Week: It’s Monday, What are you reading? #IMWAYR – October 23rd, 2017

YA FRIDAY: 3 Books to Add to Your Shelf

  In an earlier post this Monday, I previewed three books: Pax by Sarah Pennypacker, Ghost by Jason Reynolds, and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman for IMWAYR. For this week's YA Friday, I'd like to keep the tradition of previewing a book I have read, one book that I'm partway through, as well as one … Continue reading YA FRIDAY: 3 Books to Add to Your Shelf

My Reading Week: It’s Monday, What are you reading? #IMWAYR

This Monday, I've decided to participate in It's Monday! What are you reading?, which I found through Jen Vincent's Blog TeachMentorTexts.com, and Kellee's Unleashing Readers. Jen has children's literature as the subject for these posts, which she has defined as  "picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit..." Since I tend to … Continue reading My Reading Week: It’s Monday, What are you reading? #IMWAYR

Fantasy Fans United

Knowing that there is a wealth of people interested in fantasy fiction, world building, swords and sorcery, magic, and medieval-inspired stories and novels, we couldn't help but pose this question this week. If you like to read or write fantasy fiction, like this post, and comment!

The Witch’s Uprising – Making Noteworthy Titles for Young Adult Novels and Middle Grade Lit

While working on a novel is the thrilling, the process is often fraught with little challenges. For example, finding the correct title for the book, section titles for the book's major divisions, or the simply picking names for each character and town are often difficult tasks. Rushing the process is never a good idea; however, … Continue reading The Witch’s Uprising – Making Noteworthy Titles for Young Adult Novels and Middle Grade Lit

Where have the posts been? What is “A Thousand Watchful Eyes”?

A few years ago, while working with students to create real and believable characters, I came up with an idea for forming a short story contest at our school. The contest involved creating a piece of flash fiction, no longer than a page. Students were asking how to develop a character and a story in … Continue reading Where have the posts been? What is “A Thousand Watchful Eyes”?